Thursday, 15 May 2014

Maybe it's more than skin deep?

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Every now and again I get a little freaked out when I stop to read the ingredients list on everyday toiletries like shampoo and shower gel. I have a basic grasp of certain things that are probably stripping my body of its natural oils but I am not entirely sure what to do about it. I also wonder if I’m not happy putting these things on my stronger, adult skin, whether or not I want to bring my kids up using them. So when I was given the chance to test-out the miamoo products developed by Saira Khan, I jumped at it.

Dry skin
A range that you and your children can safely use

Miamoo products don’t use the following ingredients: Parabens, Petrochemicals, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Synthetic Colour/Fragrance and PEGS. To understand why, I googled them, and the results were nasty. We’re looking at claims that these common ingredients are linked to everything from damage to the immune system, skin inflammation and headaches all the way to various types of cancer, kidney degeneration and nerve damage to the brain and spinal cord. While some of these results are based on animal studies, it’s clear that these chemicals are best left out of our lives rather than invited in.

Saira Khan spent years suffering with dry skin, and found even the products prescribed by doctors did more harm than good. This made her determined to research and ultimately create, quality skincare products using ingredients that work and are kind to delicate, dry and sensitive/sensitized skin. As a by-product of her work, she has set off the ‘one range skincare for all the family’ revolution – and has reduced the need to have stacks of different bottles clogging up the bathroom (think my hubby would be glad to hear that!).

And I had a great way to test out the 3-step skincare routine that miamoo has created. Recently my eldest daughter was diagnosed with molluscum contagiosum, a viral infection. It is highly contagious and causes small, firm, raised papules (spots) on the skin. The condition is not painful but can be itchy. I know that several of her friends have had it, and since it clears up on its own, the NHS does not treat it. However, my daughter is unhappy with the appearance of her affected skin and does not want the rash to spread. One doctor did mention to me that the problem can be exacerbated by dry skin, and keeping her well moisturised should prevent further discomfort and maybe even the spread of spots. Cue a rush to the toiletries stash. 

Miamoo
My personal favourite - although I have to fight for it!
My children are already used to me using face and body oils instead of creams – and know that some of my favourite natural ingredients are almond and lavender. Accordingly, it wasn’t hard to get my daughter to use the miamoo range regularly, as the product names instantly appealed – along with the lovely smells and the chance to stop the molluscum in its tracks. To be honest both her sister and me were also tempted by the range (it’s just as well the products are suitable for adults and kids)!

So, for a little over a week, I have been using miamoo’s splashy wash, followed by huggy lotion and then baba oil on my daughter’s tummy area where the spots occur. As well as the large spots, her skin there was a bit scaly, with smaller red irritations too. While I knew that the products would not make the spots go away (they can actually last for us to two years), I hoped that she would at least be spared any more developing – and that the area in general would become less dry and irritated.

testing miamoo
Using miamoo for just over a week shows some improvement in the dry skin around the affected area

I’m pleased to say in this short test period I’ve seen some improvement, the skin around the affected areas is definitely much softer – and my daughter says – less itchy. The small red bumps have cleared up a bit and she has enjoyed all the extra cosseting (as any child with any kind of illness does!). She also loves the products because of the scents and the names. My other daughter has also decided to get in on the act, asking me to put the huggy lotion on the inside of her elbows (where a bit of eczema has flared up). And yes, mummy has also been at the baba oil! I love the fact we can all use these gentle products together – and that as well as helping dry skin conditions we are protecting rather than damaging any delicate skin. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship…

Do you or your children suffer from dry or sensitive/sensitized skin? What products have worked – and what hasn’t? Let me know any tips you have and how you feel about the amount of toxins that could be in regular products in the comment box below.

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2 comments:

  1. I too have used these products on my kids and they are great - and I used them on me too! My kids don't seem to have have sensitive skin but we all have bad scalps. I now know that the sulphates in shampoo can lead to a dry flaky scalp - sulphate free shampoo is the way to go!

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    1. I am really shocked that companies are allowed to put harsh chemicals in everyday products - and just wonder how it all started. I suppose it's like the food industry though - once big profits came into play, concern for the consumer of the product went straight out the window!

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